The Road to Emmaus

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April 1, 2019

Road to Emmaus "Detail", Donald Jackson, Copyright 2006, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Image


Would I recognize Jesus if I saw him 

while I was walking along?

Two apostles who had followed him

didn't; even as he began his walk along with them.

In their grief following his crucifixion

they forgot that he had promised to return

on the third day.

As I walk the road of life,

I watch people and wonder if one of them is him?

In spite of not seeing him so far,

I see evidence of Christ.

A mother consoling a crying baby somewhere.

A person helping an old lady through a heavy door.

A white man telling a black Muslim how to get

a library card.

A grandfather teaching his grandson to be courteous

to those who are ‘different” at school

and not to be a bully.

Thousands of times I’ve see Christ’s teaching

in action everywhere I’ve been.

Maybe, we’re all walking along the road to Emmaus

and just need to realize that, in a way,

we have seen Jesus, but haven’t

recognized him yet.

J Weston Smith